Five Sylvan Lake swimmers qualified and competed at the 2015 Speedo Age Group and Senior Championships July 2 to 5 in Edmonton. It was a great weekend of swimming for all five swimmers.
Isaac Bahler, 11, had a great weekend participating in his first provincial swim meet. Isaac swam in a total of seven races and made it into the top 10 and qualified for finals in five events. He also swam five personal best times in the 50m, 100m and 200m freestyle, and in the 50m and 100m butterfly with a best place showing of fourth in the 100m butterfly. Isaac also swam 11-year-old qualifying ‘A’ times in the 100m and 200m freestyle, and was presented with a top-five swimmer recognition award for boys 10 and under for his performance earlier this season.
Zoe DeJonge, 11, had an excellent weekend as well. Zoe competed in seven events over the weekend and qualified for four finals in the girls 11-12 age group. Zoe had four personal best times in the 100m freestyle, 100m and 200m backstroke, and in the 50m butterfly. She swam hard and did very well for moving up to a new age group this year.
Elizabeth Moore, 14, competed in her last swim meet for the Age Group Championships, as next year she will move up to Seniors. Competing in seven events and qualifying for all seven finals, Elizabeth won three silver medals — in the 50m, 100m and 200m breaststroke. She also earned fourth in the 200m individual medley, fifth in the 50m and 100m butterfly, and sixth in the 400m individual medley. Elizabeth was presented with a top-10 swimmer recognition award for her performance as a 14-year-old earlier this season. Elizabeth is going to Quebec City July 29 to Aug. 2 to compete at the Canadian Age Group Championships. Good Luck to her as she represents the Sylvan Lake Nauticals at the national swim meet.
Tyler Gauthier, 16, competed for the first time at the Senior Championship competition, as he aged up in June of this year. Tyler had a good weekend competing, as he had to swim against swimmers all aged 16 and up. Tyler swam personal best times in the 50m and 400m freestyle, and in the 50m breaststroke. It was tough competition throughout the weekend, but Tyler swam well and did a great job representing the Nauticals.
Matthew Gauthier, 16, also competed for the first time at the Senior Championship competition, competing against swimmers over the age of 16. Matthew competed in seven events and also earned himself three personal best times over the weekend. He bettered his times in the 50m and 400m freestyle, and in the 200m butterfly. He made it into three finals.